In the ancient church, before calendars were common, it was the custom for parish clergy to issue an annual proclamation on the Feast of the Epiphany, by which the dates for the major feasts of the church year would be fixed, and inviting the faithful to recall the mysteries of salvation through the church year.
Dear friends in Christ, the glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us, until the day of his return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation. Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord: his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial, and his rising celebrated between the evening of the twenty-fourth day of March and the evening of the twenty-sixth day of March.
Each Easter – as on each Sunday – the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has for ever conquered sin and death. From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the tenth day of February. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the fifth day of May. Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the fifteenth day of May. And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the twenty-seventh day of November.
Likewise the pilgrim Church proclaims the passover of Christ in the feasts of the holy Mother of God, in the feasts of the Apostles and Saints, and in the commemoration of the faithful departed.
To Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come, Lord of time and history, be endless praise, for ever and ever. Amen.